Mark Ashton of Fox Rothschild Named President of Historic Yellow Springs in Chester County

September 14, 2009 – Press Releases

Mark Ashton, a partner in the Family Law Practice of Fox Rothschild and resident in the firm’s Exton office, has been named president of Historic Yellow Springs for a two-year term beginning October 1, 2009.

Historic Yellow Springs is a nonprofit enterprise in Chester County, PA, that preserves and promotes the 300+ year history and arts of Yellow Springs village. Archaeological evidence suggests that Native Americans first used the iron rich "yellow" spring water in the village thousands of years ago. During the American Revolution, George Washington commissioned a hospital—the first military hospital in North America—to be built there. From 1868 to 1912, Yellow Springs was home to the Chester Springs Soldiers' Orphan School for children of Civil War soldiers. From 1916 to 1952, the village served as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Country School. Yellow Springs was the headquarters until 1974 of Good News Productions, a film studio that created more than 400 films including the sci-fi original “The Blob.” Currently the village is home to the Chester Springs Studio, a vibrant arts center that hosts classes, workshops and exhibitions in the visual arts. Historic Yellow Springs, Inc. has preserved many of the original structures in the village and educates visitors about its unique past.

Ashton has a particular emphasis on family law in his civil litigation practice at Fox Rothschild. He has lectured throughout the Commonwealth and has written extensively on topics including the tax aspects of family law agreements, litigation of child custody disputes, valuation of closely held businesses and executive stock option plans. He also contributes to the Pennsylvania Family Law Blog, which provides readers with information on and insight into Pennsylvania family law issues such as divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, child support, spousal support, alimony pendente lite, and custody. The blog can be viewed at

Ashton is a former chair of the Domestic Relations Section of the Chester County Bar Association and is a member of the Montgomery Bar Association and the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He received his J.D. in 1980 from John Marshall Law School and his B.A. in 1977 from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.